“Don’t call anyone else and stay inside the house. Pack a small bag. Just one.”
“You’ll come, then?”
“I’ll be there soon. But remember, Kate: there’s no going back.”
Nick Miller and his team provide a unique and highly illegal service, relocating at-risk individuals across Europe with new identities and new lives. Nick excels at what he does for a reason: he himself spent years living in the shadows under an assumed name.
But when Nick steps in to prevent the attempted murder of witness-in-hiding Kate Sutherland on the Isle of Man, he triggers a chain of events with devastating consequences for everyone he protects. Kate—and now Nick—are under attack by Connor Lane, a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means tearing Nick’s entire network apart…
Chris Ewan's Long Time Lost is a fast-paced stand-alone thriller that The Independent (UK) calls "masterful...Fellow novelist Ann Cleeves' description of [Chris Ewan] as a 'master storyteller' pretty well hits the nail on the head."
Former lawyer Kate Sutherland, the heroine of this disappointing thriller from Ewan (Dark Tides), is in witness protection on the Isle of Man, waiting to testify against Russell Lane for murder. Russell's rich sociopath brother, Connor, would rather see her dead, and he has the resources to find her. She manages to kill the man sent to eliminate her and escape into what she hopes is a more secure hiding place, with the aid of Nick Miller and his skilled crew. Miller himself is one of the vanished, unable even to reappear long enough to clear his name in the killing of his wife and children. Things start to unravel immediately as others under Miller's protection are exposed and threatened, and he and Kate run from one end of Europe to the other to attempt to protect them. An overabundance of unrealistic scary situations heighten the suspense but make the action hard to follow. The continuous high threat level drains the reader's emotions, resulting in far too much of what could have been a good thing.